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Minnesota
Ground-Water Information Guide

- Emphasizing Internet-Available Information -

by Tim Thurnblad
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

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Standard Bedrock Stratigraphic Column - Paleozoic Lithostratigraphic Units of Southeastern Minnesota and typical gamma log.
Standard Bedrock Stratigraphic Column - Paleozoic Lithostratigraphic Units of Southeastern Minnesota and typical gamma log.
Paleozoic Stratigraphy & gamma log: SE Minnesota
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Ground Water Provinces
Ground Water Provinces
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Quaternary Geology
Quaternary Geology
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Bedrock Geology
Bedrock Geology
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Unconsolidated Aquifers
Unconsolidated Aquifers
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Bedrock Aquifer Types
Bedrock Aquifer Types

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Welcome
Welcome to the home page for the Minnesota Ground-Water Information Guide. This is the main, permanent access point for all components of the guide. Bookmark this "home" page, not the documents to which it links. This will ensure that you see important notices and have access to the most current version of the guide. This page was designed to provide you with background information and a brief orientation. Important! It is highly recommended that you download and install the most recent version of the free Adobe Reader® software and review "Navigating the Guide" (below) before you visit any of the guide components.

About the Guide
What's New? The guide now includes four components compared to a single component in the 2003 version. Each component is designed to meet a different set of site-visitor needs. This home page is the common access point for all four components of the guide so it continues to provide a "one-stop-shopping" interface for Minnesota ground-water information. The appearance of the home page has been refined to improve readability and the Main Menu has been streamlined.

Purpose. The purpose of this guide is to make it easier for you to find Minnesota ground-water information and expertise including ground-water data, maps, reports, government programs, regulations, recommended methodologies and more. Previously, there was no central access point for these resources. This project attempts to provide a user-friendly Internet gateway, or portal, to the information and expertise.

How the Guide Can Help You. Responsibilities for Minnesota ground water reside with numerous organizations according to laws, practical considerations and other factors. Therefore, ground-water data, maps, reports, project files, regulatory contacts and technical experts are distributed among numerous organizations. This can pose a challenge for people seeking ground-water information or expertise. This project endeavors to help Minnesotans by researching, organizing and listing these resources with their web site addresses and telephone numbers so web site visitors will not all have to repeat the work individually.

A Cooperative Effort. The Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS) and the Minnesota Ground Water Association (MGWA) host this guide on their web sites to serve the mutual interests of all those interested in Minnesota ground water. I would like to acknowledge and thank these organizations and especially Sean Hunt of the MGWA and Rich Lively of the MGS for their valuable support on this project. The contributions of all reviewers are also highly appreciated.

About Adobe PDF Documents. This guide includes four components in Adobe® Portable Document Format (PDF). To ensure that you can view the documents properly and use all available features, please download and install the most recent version of the free Adobe Reader® software. Please note that differences in software versions and preferences you set could cause program features discussed below to look or behave differently. Please visit the Adobe Reader® Support Center or refer to the Adobe Reader® user guide for details.

Navigating the Guide - Tips to Save You Time
Since some of the components of this Guide are very large, the searching and browsing tools listed below can greatly reduce the time required to find the information you seek. Please note that numbers 5 and 6 apply only to the "Information Resources" component.

  1. Click on the Bookmarks Tab, if necessary, in the left margin and select a main topic from the list of bookmarks; or click on a "+" sign to access sub-topics. These bookmark links bring you to the correct page, but you might need to scroll up or down on the page to find the beginning of your topic.
  2. Use the Find Box (found on a tool bar toward the top of the window) or the Search Tab (click on the binoculars icon in left margin) to search for a specific word or phrase.
  3. Use additional navigation tools built into Adobe Reader® tool bars toward the top of the window. They allow you to quickly move to the NEXT or PREVIOUS PAGE, go to a SPECIFIC PAGE NUMBER, etc. If you don't see these tools, want to make additional navigation tools available or want additional instructions, please visit the Adobe Reader® Support Center for assistance.
  4. Use the hypertext links in either the "Overview" or "Detailed" version of the Table of Contents.
  5. Within the "Information Resources" component (only), use the colorful icons ("Favorites") on the bottom-half of the first page to quickly access popular parts of the document.
  6. Within the "Information Resources" component (only), use the system of blue, underlined hypertext-linked menus and headings that begins in the main menu to quickly move to key locations in the document.

Why Can't I find the Topic I Clicked On? Hypertext links (including bookmarks) with destinations inside a PDF document (internal links) should take you to the correct page, however, depending on your configuration, you may need to scroll up or down on the page to see the topic you seek. Why doesn't the view change when I click on some internal links? It may be because you are already on the correct page; look for your topic as you scroll through the current page.

Select a Document (Component) to View
This guide includes four components. The "Information Resources" component is the most comprehensive; it emphasizes regional and statewide information. It features links to hydrogeologic atlases, reports, technical data, maps, bibliographies, ground-water programs and much more. The "Technical Reference" and "Current Topics" components are more concise; they emphasize concepts and methodologies as opposed to location-specific information. The "Directory" is essentially an annotated telephone book for Minnesota ground-water programs. But the Directory also clarifies Minnesota ground water responsibilities to help you decide who to contact.

Contacts, Suggestions and Help
Your questions and comments are welcome. If you need assistance, have a suggestion, want to report a bad hypertext link or would otherwise like to contact the author of this guide, you may reach me via the contact information below. I encourage individuals within organizations that have Minnesota ground water information to let me know when your information or links change.

Tim Thurnblad
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Environmental Analysis and Outcomes Division
520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155


Generalized Crossection of Typical Subsurface Geology in the St. Cloud Area.

Generalized Cross Section - St. Cloud Area


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The graphics on this page are included courtesy of the Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). A special 'thank you' is due to Bob Tipping, Dale Setterholm and Terry Boerboom of the MGS, and Jim Berg and Jan Falteisek of the DNR for their cooperation.

This home page was last updated on December 2, 2008.